March 19, 2013
"North Dakota Heartbeat Ban: Will the Governor Sign? And Does it Matter?" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: "On Thursday, the North Dakota Senate passed the strictest abortion ban in the country," which "would prohibit abortion at a stage that precedes when many women realize they are pregnant," Marty writes. Even if Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) rejects the measure, legislators have enough votes to override his veto; however, that "wouldn't make it enforceable -- especially since the bill's own supporters say it is intended to spur a legal challenge," Marty notes. She adds, "At this point, the biggest issue with the ban is not whether it's constitutional (it's not) or whether it will stop abortions (it won't), but whether the state wants to pay for a legal fight." Marty concludes, "The only thing that seems certain is that it will be a long time before women are subjected to the ban, if they are ever subjected to it at all" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 3/18).
What others are saying about North Dakota antiabortion bills:
~ "What North Dakota's Six-Week Abortion Ban Says About the Antiabortion Movement," Sarah Kliff, Washington Post's "Wonkblog."
~ "Tell the Governor of North Dakota To Veto the New 'Heartbeat' Bill Banning Abortion After 6 Weeks," Maya Dusenbery, Feminsting.
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